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Friday, February 3, 2012

Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da

Dear Prudence,

Today was a sad day in my delusional geocacher mind.

Released on November 1, 2009, Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da was my first foray into the world of trackables.  The travel bug was a pretty simple one- a trackable dog tag with a John Lennon magnet attached to it.  Its goal was to make it all the way to England.  Perhaps, it could swing by Ireland, as well.

It didn't even make it out of Pennsylvania.

A little more than a month after I placed the travel bug in Frances Slocum Rocks, a cacher was kind enough to move the little bugger 4.55 miles, as the crow flies, down to Escape from the Knox.  At some point in the two years which followed, Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da meandered into the black hole which seems to claim the good majority of trackables these days.  The only other activity of note on its trackable page was a note posted about a year ago, in which the cacher says John Lennon is no longer in the cache.

Why she had to go?  I don't know, she wouldn't say.


So who is to blame?  Me?  The cacher who dropped the travel bug in the cache?  Mark David Chapman?

My best guess is as follows:  some anonymous geocacher finds the cache containing the trackable.  Said anonymous geocacher mistakes the trackable for swag, and trades out for it.  In the grand scheme of things, it's no big deal.  I invested all of ten dollars in the trackable.  It held no real sentimental value to me.  I'm not particularly going to miss it.  The way to best describe my thoughts on its disappearance is to compare it to playing board games with my sister, when we were kids.  My younger sister was quite the sore loser, and would often create her own rules, in order to gain an advantage.  Mom would still make me take a loss from time to time, to keep the peace.  I knew she wasn't playing the right way, but hey, whatever, if it meant we didn't need to listen to her whine, I'm down with it.

The scene of the crime?


Unfortunately, I'm hesitant to release any new trackables.  I've acquired a few unactivated geocoins as FTF prizes and/or from generous fellow cachers, and for the meantime, I think I'm satisfied with that, in regards to tracakables.  I have another trackable out there, Frizzy Bug, which is in the same state of limbo which doomed Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da.  I think I know where that one is, but I believe it's going to suffer the same fate.  I've contacted a few cachers to help that one get back, but I fear it's destined to be marked as missing.

Life goes on.

7 comments:

Heather Cook (Lady-Magpie) said...

Smithie, I know what you mean. I had a very nice geocoin travelling around the UK until someone decided to have a holiday in Los Angeles. Seemed OK as they dipped it in various caches but after dropping it off and returning home the coin has gone into the black hole. Please note this is not an International incident, we seem to save that for Argentina and the Falklands.

BLOODHOUNDED said...

Great post! I have never taken part in the trackable aspect of the game because this seems to be a common story. Set it free, watch it move a little and then gone..... I know there are a few success stories out there. If you have one, let's hear about it.

emerrube said...

I think all mine are now in the black hole. :( But one of them made it to Australia. It was fun for awhile seeing where it went. I won't buy anymore, but I do like passing them on. So if I see one in a cache I'll grab it (usually) and pass it to another cache.

Big_Dog1970 said...

The Same thing happened to my Traveling GeoGnomes. I made four of them. GEOrge, GEOffrey, GEOrdan, and GEOvani. All four brothers are missing.

Kim@Snug Harbor said...

I had a lot of TB's out and unfortunately, most have gone missing. A couple are still out there and one has an incredible story involving travel with a cacher from hawaii. I'll have to do a post about it. Now any new TB's or coins that I get, I activate them and put them in my personal collection, which is a jar, safely on my shelf!

Ron / Kathie Groll said...

So far I have had 6 travel bugs completely disappear. 3 others are still in circulation. I have one that has been traveling all around Australia for two years already. I won't release anymore, although I think its a neat idea to watch it travel. It just isn't worth it.

P.J. said...

It's so annoying when things go missing so quick. I released a TB in my trip to Ireland in 2010. It never even made it out of the first cache I placed it in. Sometimes, it makes me wonder what people think. Hopefully, things will eventually re-appear!

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